Well at least we all know what we're talking about now.
Honest to Christmas, some days you roll out of bed, fire up the interweb and are ashamed to be a card-carrying member of the human race. Especially one who works in the media.
The fact that some lonely kid up in the Soo took a few risqué self-portraits last year and sent them off to a lusty female is front page news?
(Far as I can recall, that was a slow Tuesday night back in the 'loops.)
And while Damien Cox sounds outraged enough to call for the offending member to be lopped off and mounted, the real story here sits by the wayside. How on earth an everyday wang can create such a hullabaloo, I haven't a clue.
It's not like they caught him with a goat.
In all seriousness, Mark Cuban nails it, albeit a month before this particular bit of nonsense hit the trash cycle in Toronto (credit to Eric McErlain for the link):
Read any newspaper. Any Magazine. Watch any news program. Any gossip or entertainment program. There is one single them that runs continuously: The Search for Vulnerability.Exactly.
It doesn't matter what walk of life you are in. It doesn't matter what profession or year in school. Whatever group you participate in or hover around. There is now a blog, website, social network, column, reporter, video, segment and ??? to cover it. The audience size can be 1 or 100 million. It doesn't matter. Someone is out there searching for your vulnerabilities to report or for the vulnerabilities they think you will be interested in knowing about.
There is someone hoping they can snap a picture or video of you at a vulnerable moment that can be leveraged into a payday, career or opportunity. There is someone who wants as many people as possible to think you aren't a good.... you fill in the blank, and then call your boss, senator, customers, friends and tell them why they don't like you and why they shouldn't either.
The real story here is another youngster you should be embarrassed for, a 20-year-old blogger from Thornhill who has designs on being "the Canadian Perez Hilton" and who is reaping the "rewards" of all this Tlusty nonsense.
An old friend wrote about this fellow yesterday for a local publication, something that fills in some of the details as far as that goes.
In any event, what's gone on with the Maple Leafs the past few months, between this "story," the Avery/Tucker nonsense, Mark Bell's prison sentence and whatever else I'm forgetting, has been absolutely circus-like. If you're a player in this market, the best strategy is generally to not feed the animals, but unfortunately press row now has more than enough to chew on.
Toxic stew surrounds team [David Shoalts]
You couldn't make this up [The Globe and Mail]
Tlusty deserves better [David Shoalts]
Leafs lost more than a game [Damien Cox]
It's not easy being a Leaf [Toronto Sun]
Celebrity blogger works to be Canada's answer to Perez Hilton
Labels: Maple Leafs